The Fellowship has exceeded my expectations. The staff and alumni have worked incredibly hard to create a feeling of cohesiveness among PD Soros Fellows. At the annual Fall Conference, I didn’t feel like I was simpy being introduced to the class of current scholars, but rather that I was being welcomed into a wider community that ranged across class years.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship has given me peace of mind in being able to afford a medical education. I feel honored and incredibly lucky to be able to draw on this diverse community of passionate, talented, and responsive individuals.
My favorite memory of the Fellowship experience was during dinner at our first annual Fall Conference. Our group had taken up the second floor at a small Italian restaurant that served some of the best pasta I’ve ever had. The director of the program, Craig Harwood, asked us to go around the table and share our favorite home-cooked meals. I couldn’t tell you, today, what everyone’s favorite food was, but I loved being able to imagine that small moment of joy with everyone at the table.
I remember reading the profiles of current PD Soros Fellows and feeling almost too intimidated to apply. You shouldn’t be intimidated. The PD Soros Fellowship is not about finding the perfect resume, but about people and the totality of their experiences and narratives. Don’t be afraid to share that. As you’re applying, don’t include just what you did but also consider why you did it.
I have just completed my preclinical years at Stanford School of Medicine. I’m a tad nervous, but mostly excited to enter the clinical setting next and start practicing medicine, learning new procedures, and contributing to patient care.
I’ve received a lot of questions about the PD Soros Fellowship from applicants at Stanford and other institutions and plan to continue fielding questions and promoting the Fellowship. I’d also like to find time to attend more local PD Soros events to meet other alumni and current Fellows.